Florida State football player, Preston Parker, was arrested for the third time in Florida and that led his being dismissed from the team. His first arrest was in November, 2006, when he was arrested for petty theft for trying to take a DVD. He entered a pretrial intervention program and the charge was dropped. The pretrial intervention program, PTI, is available in Jacksonville and most jurisdictions in Florida and is reserved for people that have been arrested for non-violent crimes and have not been in trouble before. Usually, the program requires that you sign a contract to do community service hours and pay some money. At the completion of all the conditions of the program, your charges will be dropped.
Parker’s second arrest was for carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana. In Florida, both charges are first degree misdemeanors punishable for up to 1 year in jail each. He was put on 12 months probation.
The third arrest was for Florida Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Even though Parker blew under the legal limit of .08 in Florida, his urine test showed the presence of marijuana.
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